At the regular bimonthly meeting of Kuna City Council, regular business was attended to. A 2013 economic study was presented by David Yorgason, a Government Affairs Consultant with the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho. He reported that home building and inventory in Ada County has returned to levels that are consistent with average growth over the last decade.
The council approved two annexations of city property, adding 6.8 acres and 1.6 acres respectfully and rezoning properties. A third public hearing and re-approval of a residential subdivision was tabled after concerns regarding children’s safe access to school busses. Councilman Richard Cardoza’s vast institutional memory recalled the last time this development came through for approval. He said that the safety of children was a concern then too and recalled a different solution to the problem then that was discussed at length.
A public hearing was held for the 2015 Annual Appropriation Budget but no public attended to read their statements. The ordinance for the annual appropriation was approved by council.
A discussion was held by Mayor Nelson regarding the air quality vehicle emission inspection and maintenance program.
Finally, the mayor expressed his opinion regarding the upcoming public hearing of the Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Boise cemetery at 15000 Cloverdale Road. The cemetery, previously approved by the county, was appealed and a further appeal hearing will be held next Wednesday, September 10 at the Ada County Courthouse (see other article on this page). The mayor took offense to a letter from the Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Boise in response to the appeal stating that the appellants were “willfully ignorant” of the answers to the concerns expressed by the appellants.
The mayor told other councilmembers that bodies would be buried three feet deep, a concern due to the possible digging up by animals. Members of the Islamic faith do not bury their dead in coffins and, like the Jewish faith, bodies must lay upon the earth in burial. According to the Islamic Community of Bosniaks own documentation and plan details, and presented in previous public hearings, the concern over depth was addressed and was misstated by the Mayor at the council meeting. According to their own faith’s rules, a minimum depth of 4’ is required, mostly deeper.
Also of concern in their letter was addressing the lack of water for irrigation despite a plan presented using drought tolerant plants and rock to produce a Xeriscaped landscape.